British Columbia

Daughter urges Dona Cadman to run as independent

Late MP Chuck Cadman's daughter is urging her mother to leave the Conservative Party and run as an independent.

Late MP Chuck Cadman's daughter is urging her mother to leave the Conservative Party and run as an independent.

On Friday, Jodi Cadman says she spoke to her mother on the telephone and asked why she is still involved with the Tories. ((CBC))

Jodi Cadman was reacting to allegations that surfaced this week claiming her father was offered a bribe by Tory officials for a crucial vote in the House of Commons three years ago.

In a soon to be released biography about Chuck Cadman, written by Vancouver journalist Tom Zytaruk, his wife Dona Cadman alleges that the Conservatives offered her husband a million-dollar life insurance policy if he voted to bring down the then-Liberal government in May 2005.

Jodi Cadman told CBC News she talked to her mother by telephone on Friday and asked, "Why are you running for the Conservative Party if you are accusing them of this?

Simon Fraser University political science professor Paddy Smith says Dona Cadman and the Conservative Party are in untenable positions. ((CBC))

"If it was such an indecent proposal, how are you in good conscience running for that particular party?"

Dona Cadman campaigned shoulder to shoulder with her husband politically and is known to be a crusader — fighting for tougher crime laws after her son Jesse, 16, was stabbed to death on a Surrey street in a random attack by a group of teenagers in 1992.

Last October, she sought and won the Conservative Party nomination in Surrey North.

Paddy Smith, a political science professor with Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., said Dona Cadman and the Conservative Party are both in untenable positions, with the party being in the toughest spot.

Dona Cadman, right, is seen in this undated picture campaigning with her late husband Chuck Cadman. ((CBC))

"Are they going to dump her? I mean what are they going to do? It seems to me Mrs. Cadman has some dilemmas maybe of a kind of political and moral persuasion," Smith said. "But the difficulties the Conservative Party have are much larger because of this."

Dona Cadman's campaign manager, Bill Zemianski, claims there's no problem sticking with the Conservative Party.

"The prime minister supports her 100 per cent and she supports the prime minister 100 per cent," Zemianski told CBC News Friday.

"We have, like any family, a few disagreements, but this will not in any way impact on her running as a Conservative candidate," he said.

Dona Cadman could not be reached for comment Friday but she's expected to issue a press release in the next few days.